SAN DIEGO: Don’t let the stress of gift giving ruin your holiday. Follow this easy guide to keep Christmas the most wonderful time of the year! It is a time for gathering with loved ones, enjoying get-togethers with friends, decorating the Christmas tree, stringing Christmas lights, baking Christmas treats, and giving and receiving Christmas gifts.
Retailers, and our economy, also love Christmas. It is one of the greatest times for shopper spending. According to Investopedia, Americans in 2017 spent $720.80 billion. Gallup estimates spending in 2018 will be approximately $885 per U.S. adult.
Changing Christmas Gift Habits
Not only are Americans planning on spending more on Christmas gifts this year, their buying habits are also undergoing significant changes–boding increased competition for the retail industry.
Buying gifts can bring both joys at the prospect of pleasing family and friends, and increased stress over the daunting task of knowing exactly which gift to buy for whom.
To help simplify and de-stress gifts this year, Woman’s Day recommends 10 Holiday Gift-Giving Rules:
- Review your gift list every year. Determine the nature of relationships and where they currently stand.
- Know when your giftee will appreciate a practical present. Sometimes a thoughtful or useful gift will be most welcome.
- Resist the urge to match spending.
- Ensure that gift purchases are driven by the thoughtfulness of the gift. Not the pressure to give.
- Always include a gift receipt. There are times a well-meant gift does not work for the recipient.
- Buy for the couple, instead of the two individuals. A gift suitable for an engaged or married couple can add joy to their lives together.
- Follow workplace gift-giving policies. If gift-giving is practiced, thoughtful yet inexpensive thank-you gifts can take the form of a special lunch or a homemade Christmas treat.
- Double their usual tip. Treating those who make life easier, such as a hairdresser, dog walker, manicurist and more, nothing communicates their value than being appreciated for what services they perform.
- Respond honestly to a surprise gift. Being genuine in response to a thoughtful surprise gift, is a great way to show appreciation.
- Re-gift the right way. With over 50% of Americans believing regifting is proper, be certain that it is generic enough to meet their standards and tastes; and consider gifts such as wine, candles, picture frames and the like.
Christmas is a most wonderful time of the year, and gift-giving adds to the excitement of celebrating.
The practice of gift-giving began with the birth of Christ. Gifts of Frankincense, Gold, and Myrrh were brought to the child from the Wise Men.
Celebrating the birthday of baby Jesus, being grateful to God for giving this great gift to our world, we celebrate the gift of each other in the mutual exchange of gratitude.
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!